Tuesday, January 07, 2003


For those preparing for the Mark Anthony Turnage weekend at the Barbican (see below, 4 January) there is a short interview with the composer by Malcolm Galloway and Kathryn Thomas, and also via the London Sinfonietta by Nick Reyland. See also the Berlin Philharmonic feature (in German). Sequenza 21 (who preview ‘Blood on the Floor’) promise a more lengthy conversation with Turnage soon. He has a profile at Schott, his publishers.

New works from the ever-busy Turnage during 2002 included (in Britain) an oboe quintet, ‘Cantilena’, for the Nash Ensemble on 20 March in the Purcell Room, London, and ‘Uninterrupted Sorrow’, the second movement of his orchestral trilogy for the BBC Symphony Orchestra (performed as part of the Proms season).

In Europe and beyond, ‘Scorched’, in collaboration with John Scofield [see links], was a fresh work for jazz trio with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and Big Band conducted by Hugh Wolf on 7 September in the Alte Oper, Frankfurt; ‘The Torn Fields’, a song cycle for Gerald Finley and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group was presented by the Berlin Festival; and ‘On Opened Ground’, a viola concerto for Yuri Bashmet and The Cleveland Orchestra was performed on 11 November in Severance Hall, Cleveland.

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